Posted on | September 23, 2010 | 27 Comments
“And you can tell that Britney Spears is struggling with who she is. I think she has a team of agents and managers who are saying, yes, push the envelope, kiss Madonna, take off all your clothes. And she’s doing that because she doesn’t want to sacrifice this enormous platform that she’s built. But at the same time, she is sacrificing herself and you can see that in her eyes when she talks.”
— Christine O’Donnell, 2003
This quote was among those featured in a New Republic collection of the “the craziest statements Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has made in public.”
Once again — as I first pointed out when Rachel Maddow was mocking O’Donnell’s statements about masturbation — liberals seem to believe that such statements are self-evidently absurd. All they have to do is to quote this stuff and roll their eyes and everyone gets the joke.
Excuse me, but what it so wacky about what O’Donnell said about Britney? In fact, I dare say O’Donnell was prophetic in discerning that Britney was “struggling with who she is” and “sacrificing herself” in a desperate effort to live up to her sexualized hype.
O’Donnell said she could “see that in her eyes” in November 2003. It wasn’t until 2007 that the emptiness of Britney’s life became disastrously apparent, when she suffered the most spectacular public meltdown in Hollywood history. How empty was Britney’s existence? She was (allegedly) reduced to exposing herself to her bodyguard in a pathetic attempt at seduction.
Why, then, do the editors of The New Republic presume that their readers will find O’Donnell’s 2003 critique of Britney Spears utterly laughable?
I mean, it’s not like I don’t get it: Just as with her quotes about “dabbling into witchcraft,” all this stuff is supposed to suggest that O’Donnell lacks the dignity and gravitas necessary to fill the Senate seat once occupied by Joe “Big F–ing Deal” Biden.
This is merely an attack on O’Donnell’s biography. She was someone whose commentaries on sexuality and pop culture were, for many years, much sought by those seeking the perspective of a young female Christian conservative on those issues. It was not her job, in that role, to comment on tax rates or other issues that are at the center of her Senate campaign in Delaware.
Liberals seek to highlight O’Donnell’s early career as a distraction from the issues that matter to Delaware voters, because tax-raising Democrat Chris Coons can’t defend his own record on those issues. And liberals think the voters are too stupid to see through this tactic.
I’ll start caring about her social attitudes when she starts introducing them as legislation, thanks. Until then, I’m much more concerned about the Democrats’ social attitudes, which are frankly already starting to raid my wallet.
But Moe, don’t you think that social issues and economic issues are related? Christine O’Donnell tried to warn that excessive masturbation could lead to premature baldness and tax increases, but Chris Coons obviously didn’t listen:
And, in related news: Barney Frank sucks!